CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU STATEMENT ON NEW QUESTIONS REGARDING SUPERBUG OUTBREAKS

March 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) made the following statement in the wake of a report in USA Today, which raises questions about the role that automated endoscope reprocessors, or AER’s, might play in the spread of superbug bacteria by contaminated medical scopes.  This latest report comes in the wake of a series of deadly medical scope-related superbug outbreaks in several hospitals across the nation.

“Given ongoing reports of how contaminated medical scopes are linked to a series of superbug outbreaks, I am concerned by new details regarding potentially unsafe automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) cleaning devices.  The FDA must investigate all aspects of these outbreaks.   That’s why I am continuing my call for a Congressional hearing into these matters through the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.”

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